ASB follows ANZ and Kiwibank to raise floating interest rates on home loans

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Three of the major banks have now announced that interest rates on their variable rate home loans will rise.

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Three of the major banks have now announced that interest rates on their variable rate home loans will rise.

ASB is the latest bank to announce that its floating interest rates on home loans will rise.

The move follows last week’s hike in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand Te Pūtea Matua’s official exchange rate (OCR) from 2.5% to 3%.

Kiwibank and ANZ announced last week that they would raise their floating home loan rates.

ASB also said it would follow Kiwibank and ANZ in raising deposit rates for savers.

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ASB’s variable rate home loans will drop from 6.35% to 6.85%.

For those who already have variable rate loans, the move date will be September 1, while the rate for new variable rate loans will increase on August 25.

ASB specified that its Orbit revolving credit mortgage rate would drop from 6.45% to 6.95%.

Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr talks about the bank’s forecast that home prices could fall 20% from their peak.

Like Kiwibank and ANZ before it, ASB’s fixed mortgage interest rates would not change in response to the Reserve Bank’s decision.

The maximum interest rate on ASB’s Savings Plus deposit account was increased on Friday from 1.75% to 2.25%.

The interest rate on his Headstart account would drop from 1.75% to 2.25% on September 1, and the rate on his Savings On Call account would drop from 0.55% to 0.80%.

ASB also increased its six-month term deposit rate to 3% and its nine-month term deposit rate to 3.50%.

“We hope today’s changes to our deposit products will help customers meet their savings goals,” said ASB Executive Managing Director for Personal Banking, Adam Boyd.

“We are also aware that some customers may have questions about their loan as a result of this latest OCR adjustment, and we really encourage them to contact our team for personalized advice and guidance on the best options available to them. them. ”

Rising mortgage rates are impacting the prices people are willing to pay for homes, and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr predicts prices could fall 20% from their peak .

Orr didn’t apologize for the impact, saying, “We’ve been making as much noise as possible to people over the last two years about ‘think hard, there’s no one-way bet when you take risks “.”

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